Hollywood Hosts National Advisory Committee to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs
Nov 11, 2016
Members of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs recently visited Hollywood Private Hospital’s (Hollywood) 70 bed inpatient and day patient mental health facility, The Hollywood Clinic.
The NAC, which advises the Minister on the effectiveness of the Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS), initiated the meeting to learn more about Hollywood’s mental health services and its unique relationship with the VVCS.
Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said “As a leader in the area of mental health services, we are committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise to benefit the wider community. It was a privilege to host members of the NAC and explore the ways in which we can work together to assist Western Australia’s (WA) veterans and their families”.
The 17 guests including NAC Chair, Professor Jane Burns, met with members of the hospital’s Executive and the team of mental health professionals who deliver the Clinic’s trauma recovery programs. The team works closely with the VVCS to ensure the provision of comprehensive care and services to veterans affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression. This type of relationship is being adopted by other therapy groups across the State and nationally.
Veterans participating in one of the Clinic’s day patient trauma therapy programs are introduced to the VVCS at the commencement of the program. Following the program’s completion, a representative from the Clinic helps patients to transition to VVCS’s care for ongoing support and guidance.
Mr Mott added, “As a former military hospital, Hollywood has cared for WA’s veterans for more than 70 years. The Clinic’s special relationship with the VVCS is an integral part of the hospital’s commitment to providing outstanding care and services for the State’s veteran community. Our ongoing collaboration aims to benefit veterans and their families for years to come”.